Hussein Akhavannik

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Hussein Akhavannik, co-leader of BakerHostetler’s Life Sciences team, merges his engineering background with insight as a technologist to strengthen his patent prosecution and portfolio management practice. The patent applications he prosecutes in technologies related to the electrical, computer, medical and mechanical arts are wide-ranging: From surgical robots and video surveillance, to anti-coagulants and vascular placement devices, Hussein’s diverse work reflects his broad knowledge. It also facilitates a comprehensive approach with clients. His services include optimizing patent portfolios for sale, identifying patents in various high-tech sectors, performing freedom-to-operate studies and serving as an international portfolio manager.

Hussein spent almost four years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a patent examiner, and served as a legal intern for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Office of the Solicitor. His understanding of the inner workings of the USPTO is just one more tool that Hussein leverages to develop creative solutions for clients in a cost-effective manner.

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International Portfolio Manager

Extracts inventions from engineers and corporations, manages preparation filing, develops international protection strategies beyond the United States, and works with in-house counsel at various organizations to manage the prosecution of those patents worldwide.

Due Diligence

Performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and leverages USPTO experience to perform internal searches as part of freedom-to-operate analyses for medical devices, software packages, hardware, pharmaceutical drugs and more. Also drafts invalidity opinions and non-infringement opinions.

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Experience

International Portfolio Manager

Extracts inventions from engineers and corporations, manages preparation filing, develops international protection strategies beyond the United States, and works with in-house counsel at various organizations to manage the prosecution of those patents worldwide.

  • Developing a patent portfolio for an international pharmaceutical company covering chemical containers.
  • Developing several patent portfolios for an international aerospace corporation covering flight systems, including semiconductor chips and flight control algorithms.
  • Developing a patent portfolio for a start-up corporation covering automated parking systems.
Due Diligence

Performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and leverages USPTO experience to perform internal searches as part of freedom-to-operate analyses for medical devices, software packages, hardware, pharmaceutical drugs and more. Also drafts invalidity opinions and non-infringement opinions.

  • Assisted in the purchase of a large medical device corporation by examining the portfolio of the corporation to identify its strengths and weaknesses. Also, analyzed the intellectual property landscape of the corporation's technology to predict risks for the purchaser and developed strategies to protect against potential future disputes.
Deal Work

Optimizes patent portfolios for sale. Identifies patents in various high-tech sectors for companies that want to inorganically build a patent portfolio around a specific industry, negotiates pricing and prepares agreements for patent acquisition.

  • Responsible for $150 million in acquisitions in this sophisticated area.
Day-to-Day Prosecution

Among other work, performs post-grant proceedings in various industries, ensuring that any changes to the patent claims retain protection for clients' products while maintain the patents with the USPTO.

Technical Experience
  • Industrial Machinery: fluid-dispensing systems, polymer extrusion, soldering systems, inspection systems, and surgical robots.
  • Software: data analytics, control systems, closed-loop feedback, algorithms, user tracking and monitoring, video compression and video surveillance.

  • Medical Devices: vascular and urological catheters, vascular placement devices, dilators and sheaths, surgical clips and inhalers.

  • Pharmaceuticals: anesthetics, bronchodilators, steroids and anti-coagulants.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2019)
    • Recommended in Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2017)

Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association

Pro Bono

  • Represents juveniles in the United States without parents and develops strategies that allow those clients to remain in the U.S. and obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile status.

Emerging Issues

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Patent Examiner
  • USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Legal Intern
  • USPTO Office of the Solicitor: Legal Intern
  • U.S. International Trade Commission Office of Unfair Important Investigations: Legal Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 59,347
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2007, with honors
  • M.S., Johns Hopkins University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2004
  • B.S., Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, 2002, with general and departmental honors

Languages

  • Farsi